Temporary foreign workers can be hired for a maximum period of two years before they are required to return to their home country unless the TFW applies for a work permit extension.

The Canadian government allows permanent residency of certain foreign workers related to specific NOC codes that fall under skill type 0, and skill levels A & B. If you want to hire a skilled worker and support his/her permanent residency you must do this through the Express Entry System. The express entry is used by CIC to select individuals who can come to Canada based on economic factors. The following progams can be used to hire a foreign worker and support his/her permanent residency:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The employer must be offering a job for:

  • A higher-skilled position such as: management, professional, scientific, technical or trade occupations (National Occupational Classification (NOC), skill type 0, and skill levels A & B)
  • Full-time hours (a minimum of 30 hours/week)
  • Minimum job duration of one year
  • A non-seasonal position

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The employer must be offering a job for:

  • An eligible skilled trade or technical occupation (NOC skill level B)
  • Full-time hours (a minimum of 30 hours/week)
  • Minimum job duration of one year

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The employer must be offering a job for:

  • A higher-skilled position such as: management, professional, scientific, technical or trade occupations (National Occupational Classification (NOC), skill type 0, and skill levels A and B)
  • Full-time hours (a minimum of 30 hours/week)
  • Minimum job duration of one year

Employers who wish to hire skilled foreign workers temporarily while their application for permanent residence is being processed by IRCC. They can apply for dual intent Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which requires a processing fee. These dual intent LMIAs can be used to support the foreign nationals’ application to IRCC for a:

  • Permanent resident visa
  • Temporary work permit

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